Controlling VOC Emissions from Cutback Asphalt
Rules in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 115 for controlling emissions of volatile organic compounds from cutback asphalt. These rules are part of the State Implementation Plan strategy to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ozone.
- Austin–Round Rock area (Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties)
- Beaumont–Port Arthur area (Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange counties)
- Corpus Christi area (rules apply in Nueces County)
- Dallas–Fort Worth area (Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, and Tarrant counties)
- El Paso area (El Paso County)
- Houston-Galveston-Brazoria area (Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties)
Description of Rules
- Control requirements reduce VOC emissions from the use of cutback asphalt.
- Limit the average annual usage of asphalt to 7.0 percent for paving roadways, driveways, or parking lots.
- Restrict the use or sale of cutback asphalt from April 16 to September 15 in any year.
- Include testing, monitoring, and record-keeping requirements to demonstrate compliance with the control requirements.
The Chapter 115 rule history for cutback asphalt discusses revisions to the rules, including their and adoption, the associated State Implementation Plan revision, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval.
- Resources for small businesses and local governments
- American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standards
- EPA Test Methods
- EPA performance specifications for continuous emission-monitoring systems and CEMS quality-assurance procedures
- The Chapter 115 Stakeholder Group helps the agency with air quality issues, including controlling emissions from cutback asphalt
- These rules were based on the EPA’s Control of VOC Emissions from Use of Cutback Asphalt (EPA-450/2-77-037) (PDF)
- State plan to meet the national ozone standard
- Air permitting and registration
- Tax relief for pollution-control property
- Point source emissions inventory